£75 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The Bothy at Balnaholish – Home 1394699 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


A charming, cosy, traditional farmer's cottage set in the quiet rural surroundings of North Antrim farmland. A wealth of oldie-worldy furnishings including exposed beams, feature fireplace and woodburner. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation for families or friends wishing to explore the Causeway Coast.First opened in March 2014 following an extensive renovation and conversion the Bothy recently featured in an article in 'Farm Week' which describes it as "a cottage of unusual appeal …. Fabrics and wall colours of pale pastel greens, subtle, soft light shades which merge with the atmospheric dimensions of this incredible building, don't overpower the senses yet leave one with the comfortable feeling of being immersed in a homely cottage ….. Each room is a journey into the dream world of relaxed charm and restfulness."The Bothy dates back to the 1700s but has recently been fully modernised whilst retaining all its original charm. The thick walls, modern insulation and central heating ensure that it is beautifully warm throughout the year whilst the fully equipped kitchen has an energy efficient oven/hob and appliances that are all A-rated or higher. Graded 4 star **** by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board the accommodation is all on the ground floor. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds (or super king size). A bathroom with loo, bath and a sensational thermostatically controlled deluge shower! A living and dining room with a prominent chimney breast and heavy wooden shelf, beamed ceiling, wicker basket and stove. A long hall and fitted kitchen with pleasing design, colour schemes and all 'mod cons'.Oil central heating with woodburner in lounge. Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, WIFI, TV, DVD, radio/CD, iPod docking station, library of books, games & DVDs, cot & highchair, hairdryer, fresh flowers and welcome pack of locally produced bread, preserves, fresh eggs, milk and butter. Bed linen, hand and bath towels are included along with all environmentally friendly bathroom and kitchen toiletries. A starter pack for our eco friendly wood burning stove is included together with oil fired central heating and electricity. Dogs and smoking are not allowed as we pride ourselves on keeping a healthy clean environment for people who may be sensitive to air pollution and allergies. There is a lawned garden and woodland. Patio with furniture and BBQ. There is ample lockable storage for bikes, golf clubs and surf boards.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

We are thrilled you would like to come and stay in our little cottage and we like to be able to welcome our guests in person with the fire lit and the kettle on! In the unlikely event of not being able to do so, I will provide you with the key safe number. We are always on hand should you need us. Do come and explore our coast with its stunning views, returning at the end of the day to peace and tranquility in our little cottage. If you have any queries about your holiday please get in touch and I will do my best to help Warmest regards, April


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Smoking is allowed in the garden.

High chairs provided for children and travel cot on request

Arrival time must be confirmed in advance, the Cottage is available from 4pm and departure is before 10am.

Sorry we have a very strong no pets policy


About the owner

April S.
Average reply time:
3 hours 12 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
04 Jul 2020
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 14 Feb 2014. Located in County Antrim, it has 110 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £418 to £686.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 04 Jul 2020.


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Guest reviews

110 reviews

Very Good

“The Bothy was perfection in everything and host were very friendly and welcoming would recommend to anyone”

Reviewed 23 Oct 2019

Thanks to April for a perfect 3 days all was very clean and the scones and cream left for us when we arrived was much appreciated would love to come back again.

Owner's reply: Thank you for taking the time to write a kind review and I am so pleased to hear that you found The Bothy Perfect and that you had an enjoyable stay. We would love to welcome you back!

“Gorgeous bothy stay”

Reviewed 14 Oct 2019

We enjoyed a lovely three nights with the Bothy at Balnaholish. It is a lovely place to stay. We were welcomed with a cream tea and it was nice to have a few provisions there to keep us going and al… More

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your stay In The Bothy at Balnaholish. We are delighted you not only enjoyed your holiday exploring all the Antrim coast has to offer and thrilled to hear that the Bothy was a success ,we look forward to seeing you all again. Warmest regards, April

“The Bothey”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2019

Very comfortable, quiet and convenient property for exploring Northern Ireland. The owners have obviously spent a lot of time and effort, trying to provide all the local information you are likely to … More

“Perfect secluded little cottage”

Reviewed 31 May 2019

Excellent welcome and lovely clean cottage. Photos don’t show the smell or sounds but I can tell you it isn’t damp and you might need ear plugs if you are a light sleeper as the birdsong a… More

Owner's reply: I am so glad you had a lovely time in our little rural retreat. The nesting birds and perfume from the roses and wild garlic make this an idyllic place. Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit.

“Charming cottage in a tranquil setting”

Reviewed 25 May 2019

Me and my husband, Russ stayed for two nights as part of our 20th wedding anniversary celebrations. We arrived late due to an unscheduled flight change, but the owner, April could not have been more accommodating and friendly, and even lit the fire for us. Delicious cream tea with homemade scones and a generous breakfast pack including Irish wheaten bread meant we didn't even need to pick up any groceries. A celebratory card and bottle of bubbly was a lovely touch. The cottage is beautifully decorated and furnished, the bed comfy, and it is so peaceful sleep came easily. To make the most of our time and avoid the crowds, we rose at the crack of dawn to visit the Giant's Causeway and the Dark Hedges. Spectacular natural wonders. Authentic Irish pub fare and hospitality at the Diamond Bar and Bistro in Ballycastle, and a tour of Bushmill's Whiskey Distillery highly recommended. A stroll along the beautiful beach at White Park Bay and a visit to picturesque Ballintoy harbour a perfect end to a fabulous stay, and we were blessed with lovely sunshine. Thank you April for a fabulous base from which to enjoy Northern Ireland at its best.

Owner's reply: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Wedding anniversary stay in The Bothy. So pleased you had a fabulous stay and enjoyed the comfort and tranquility of the cottage also taking time to enjoy our stunning North Antrim coastline. Do hope you will come back again. Warmest regards, April

“A wonderful find”

Reviewed 3 May 2019

Our second time in this delightful cottage - what can we say that hasn't already been said? The bar has been set so high that, staying in two other places last year (very well chosen we thought),… More

Owner's reply: It was lovely to be able to welcome you both again to The Bothy At Balnaholish and Thank you for your most generous words. needless to say I am thrilled! Hope to see you both again soon. Warmest regards, April

“Beautiful old world style cottage”

Reviewed 20 Apr 2019

We were welcomed to the cottage with home made scones bread & biscuits, jam & cream, marmalade, butter, milk, eggs and juice. So thoughtful and lovely. The Bothy was more than we expected, thi… More

Owner's reply: So happy to hear you loved the Bothy and all it had to offer, it was lovely meeting you and thank you for taking the time to write a review. Warmest regards, April

“Best place ever”

Reviewed 12 Mar 2019

This was the best weekend I have had in a while the house is amazing and the house is so peaceful just what I needed can’t wait to book again

Owner's reply: Thank you Fiona for taking the time to write a review and we are so pleased to hear you had a lovely weekend enjoying the peace and comfort of The Bothy Hope to see you both again.


Reviewed 10 Feb 2019

We've just spent a weekend at The Bothy and to say it was perfect is an understatement. It is quite possibly the most beautiful little cottage we've ever stayed in. April made us feel so wel… More

Owner's reply: Louise, thank you so much for leaving such a helpful and lovely review. Needless to say we are thrilled you love The Bothy as much as we do and that you had a relaxing stay and plan to return. Thank you also for leaving every where so clean and tidy. Warmest regards, April

“Absolutely superb”

Reviewed 7 Jan 2019

We chose The Bothy simply because of the many brilliant reviews left by other people who had stayed here. We were not disappointed, the accommodation is absolutely perfect and the owners could not hav… More

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review, and we are delighted you found the Bothy enchanting and so relaxing. this is what we strive to achieve and it is really super to get such positive feedback, thankyou! We very much look forward to welcoming you back again. Warmest regards, April

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How do I find more info about the property?

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view April the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send April (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from April (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call April (the owner) before booking?

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How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact April (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send April (the owner) a message.

If April (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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